2017 Blason Pinot Grigio Isonzo del Friuli

SKU #1362070

Pinot Grigio is, of course, one of the classics in Italy, popular for good reason. Light, easy drinking and versatile, this wine is both inexpensive and easy to love. While inexpensive Pinot Grigio is a bit of a glutted market, if you find a small producer who is focused on quality, you can still find an excellent wine. Such is the case with Giovanni Blason, a young winemaker in Friuli who made the decision to stop selling his grapes to a large cooperative and start making wine himself. The result is fantastic. Since most Pinot Grigio on the market comes from large cooperatives blending fruit from all over the region, there is less discernable terroir, and an emphasis only on preserving simple, fruity characteristics. The 18 hectares of vines on the Blason estate in Isonzo grow in alluvial limestone soil that is also high in iron content, hence its predominantly reddish color. The growing region is at the confluence of two climate systems, that of the foothills of the Julian Alps and the nearby Adriatic Sea. This allows for white wines of fully developed flavors and aromas, but which also retain a striking mineral edge. This Pinot Grigio is vinified with some skin contact, all in stainless steel.


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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2019 | Send Email
Blason has always made good Pinot Grigio but this is by far his best yet. It offers his signature depth and texture yet with greater acidity and freshness. There's a lot of solid Pinot Grigio in the market but it's pretty tough to find a great one at this price and Blason's certainly rises to the top. Wonderful on its own and ideal with fish and lighter fare.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
This is a mouthful of Pinot Grigio and a wine that has body and is perfectly balanced with zippy acidity and very aromatic, good complexity, length and that subtle elegance that shows muscle and long and flowing finish. It is a little spicy with red apple and melon, and LOTS of minerals on the aftertaste

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of quince and elderflower, delicate yet vibrant and draws you in with hints of more depth. On the palate the wine has more acidity and minerality than in previous vintages while not having lost any of the textural richness. The finish really displays the minerality and focus and there’s a lot of lift in the finish. For me having tasted every vintage of Blason Pinot Grigio since 2002 this is without a doubt the best version they have produced.

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Friuli-Venezia-Giulia